The authors would like to express their appreciation to L. Chambers, G. Gibson, D. Young, and A. Fan for their valuable comments and assistance with data analysis. This research was supported by the NASA Office of Earth Sciences through the EOS CERES project at NASA Langley Research Center. ERBE/ERBS nonscanner data were obtained from the NASA Langley Atmospheric Sciences Data Center in Hampton, Virginia. NCEP reanalysis SST data were obtained at http://wesley.wwb.noaa.gov/reanalysis.html.
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